Learn how to draw a face in 8 easy steps: Beginners
Many RFA readers have requested a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a basic male face; the proportions are different for females. Click here for more face drawing tutorials. Part 1 of 3: How to draw male faces (front view). Part 2: Drawing male faces from side view and 3/4 view.
Step 1: Start with a circle
Draw a symmetrical human face with a large circle for the forehead and a horizontal line for the eyes, followed by a vertical line down the center of the eye for the iris, nose, and cheeks.
Step 2: Draw guidelines on the face
Draw faint lines through the face on the markings labelled CENTER LINE, 2, 3, A, and C. This is the method I use all the time to draw heads. Super SIMPLE Method:
Step 3: Draw eyes in the right spot
Mark the center line on the face with four ticks spaced evenly apart; the eyes will sit roughly on this line. Don’t be afraid to move slightly above or below the line, as eyes are usually slanted. For more mysterious manly eyes, click here.
Step 4: Draw a proportionate nose
Start with a box and then extend the two lines where the inner corners of each eye are located. Click here to see my nose tutorial.
Step 5: Add the eyebrows
Draw the eyebrows along the brow bone with a 4B pencil; thick bushy eyebrows can accentuate masculinity. Click here for an in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows.
Step 6: Use a triangle shape to draw lips
If you haven’t already done so, draw a line down the center of each eye to mark the lips’ outer boundary. If you haven’t already done so, start by placing your triangle in the small box under the nose and extending it until the tip touches the nose.
Step 7: Add the ears
The Center Line and Line 2 define the general boundaries of each ear, as well as the top and bottom of the nose and the middle of the ear, when drawing from the front.
Step 8: Draw the hair
If you want to learn how to shade faces, click here. Draw the upper hairline somewhere between lines A and B. It’s up to you how big you want the forehead to be. You can use a kneaded eraser to clean up any dark spots or tight spaces.
Experiment with Drawing Different Types of Faces
Learn how to draw heads using the basic guidelines, then experiment with different eye shapes, eyebrow angles, nose lengths/widths, and so on. Grab a piece of paper and draw as many faces as you can! Darlene founded RFA. in 2013 with the goal of sharing simple yet detailed drawing tutorials with other artists.
How do you draw a realistic face?
Basic line and shading techniques are all that is required to draw a realistic face.
- Step 1: Outline the Face.
- Step 2: Add the Ears and Hairline.
- Step 3: Mark Guidelines and Begin Drawing the Eyes.
- Step 4: Finish the Nose.
- Step 5: Finish the Skin Shading.
- Step 7: Add Hair to Your Face Drawing.
How do I learn to draw portraits?
Here are some portrait drawing tips:
- Start with the eyes and work your way down to the nose and mouth.
- Allow the darkness of the hair to aid in the creation of the lighter edge of the face.
What are the steps for drawing?
There are four steps from the blank sheet of paper to the finished drawing:
- Making a simple sketch.
- Preparing the sketch for a preliminary drawing.
- Shading the preliminary drawing.
How do you sketch yourself?
So, here are a few pointers on how to draw a self-portrait:
- Start with a light sketch.
- Add shadows and smudge them. Add shadows to make your sketch look more professional.
- Do your hairline after you outline.
- Fine details come last.
Which pencil is used for shading?
While the softer B pencils are generally considered the best for shading, there’s no reason to overlook the harder H pencils. The HB and H are excellent choices for fine, light, even shading, but they, too, have drawbacks. Pencil grades from HB to H, 2H to 5H, get progressively harder and are easier to keep sharp.
Why can’t I draw faces?
The first reason you can’t draw faces is that you don’t understand the proportions of the human face; however, if you drew these lines over several faces, you’d be surprised how many they apply to. Take my face for example: the basic human proportions do apply to my face.